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BackstoryThere are tons of recipes out there for Baked Apples, so I’m certainly not reinventing the wheel here, but I did try my own take on a Fall classic. The original recipe came from Real Simple magazine, using nuts, brown sugar, and butter. I jazzed it up with some raisins, cinnamon, and a topping of caramel sauce. This would also be great with walnuts and dried cherries or sliced almonds and dried apricots, but I decided on chopped pecans and raisins. You could also substitute cardamon or ginger for cinnamon. Use firm apples that are good for baking such as Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Northern Spy, or Braeburn.
- 8 large apples, such a Braeburn
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped nuts
- 1/3 cup raisins or other dried fruit
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 4 tbsp butter
- caramel sauce or topping
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Rinse apples in cool water and pat dry.
- Using a melon baller, scoop out core of apples leaving about 3/4 inch at the bottom.
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, nuts, raisins, cinnamon, and salt.
- Spoon mixture into each apple.
- Top each apple with 1/2 tbsp butter.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until apples are tender.
- Sprinkle water on the apples if too dry.
- To serve, cut apples in half and drizzle with caramel sauce